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Seattle Anarchist Book Fair 2013

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Seattle Anarchist Book Fair in 2013 takes place on August 24th and 25th.

Location

The Vera Project is located on the Corner of Warren & Republican Ave N, next to the Key Arena in Seattle Center. (tucked back under the awning.)

See http://seattleanarchistbookfair.org/directions/

Tables

  • AK Press
  • Anarres Press
  • Autonomy Cascadia
  • Black Coffee Coop
  • Black Powder Press
  • Black Spring Press
  • Cascadia Forest Defenders
  • Corina Dross
  • Corvus Editions
  • Crimethinc.
  • Earth First! Journal
  • Eberhardt Press
  • Grand Jury Resistance
  • The Holdout
  • Intellectual Vagabond Editions
  • L@s Quixotes Radical Lending Library
  • Left Bank Books
  • Little Black Cart
  • Mend My Dress
  • Midnight Apparel
  • Modern Slavery Journal/ CAL Press
  • Nada Dada: The Magazine About Nothing
  • NW APOC
  • Pen & Pistol
  • People’s Harm Reduction Alliance
  • PM Press
  • Prisoners’ Dilemma Distro
  • Rising Tide Seattle
  • S&V Printing
  • Seattle Food Not Bombs
  • Seattle Free Press
  • Seattle Solidarity Network
  • Shades of Silence
  • Sissies Rule!
  • True Bikes of Liberty
  • Zola Memes

Workshops

Taken from http://seattleanarchistbookfair.org/workshops/

2013 August 24

11-12:30pm

The Failure of Nonviolence: From Arab Spring to Occupy

In recent years, as rebellious social movements have sprung up around the globe, nonviolence has revealed itself even more clearly to serve the interests of the powerful. Every major nonviolent movement around the world since the end of the Cold War has been an abject failure at achieving a meaningful change in society, especially those movements that claim victory. To hide this fact, proponents of nonviolence promote a superficial and self-defeating vision of social change, they portray combative movements in other parts of the world, such as the Arab Spring, as nonviolent, and they work closely with police and media to silence their opponents those they label as violent. The new book, The Failure of Nonviolence, counters the misinformation spread by proponents of nonviolence, analyzes their attempts to control social movements and to criminalize those they disagree with, and discusses ways to move beyond a simple diversity of tactics in order to seize the spaces we need to put new social relations into practice, and to destroy the structures of power that dominate us.

Ongoing Terror: Recent FBI Repression of Seattle Activists as Part of State-Sponsored Repression in Seattle

Nine Seattle climate activists are the latest FBI targets in the decades-old terror campaign by the state against our community. Come learn and discuss with us what this means and how to respond when the FBI or SPD comes knocking or battering doors or arresting…Some comrades have been under police surveillance for resisting the cops since the 1990′s; we have seen comrades imprisoned in 2012-2013 by the federal grand jury in Seattle; the FBI trying to intimidate comrades before May Day, 2013; the SPD SWAT team raid comrades’ home in 2012; and the political trials of some of The Mayday 5 about to begin. We need to respond as a community to these attacks on us!

12:45-1:45pm

Anarchist Spaces in Seattle

Bring your ideas and experiences to share with others interested in creating new nodes on Seattle’s anarchist map. Together we will try to answer the following questions with a view towards jump-starting new projects: How can we create sustainable antagonist infrastructure in an expensive city like Seattle? What kind of social center models could or do work well here? What do we need in an anarchist space that isn’t already provided by Black Coffee and Left Bank Books? How can an anarchist space become relevant to the neighborhood surrounding it? How can public spaces become anarchic places? This discussion is not intended to be the “first meeting” of a new social center collective, but instead a way to get energized about geographical liberation, and to find potential collaborators.

Decolonizing Poetics

Language is a key point of revolutionary struggle; it is how we begin to build our thoughts and where colonization and liberation get their deepest footholds inside our minds. The creation of poetry involves the tensions inherent between cohering the lived experiences of the senses into the boundaries of language, which are often constructed in such a way as to serve kyriarchy. In this workshop, there will be discussion and collaborative engagements around the ways in which language (from the acts of speech and writing to the loss of indigenous languages & what reclaiming expression in the language of colonizers means for POC) can be put to the use of radical liberatory experience via poetry. It will be POC-centric, but the workshop will not be a POC exclusive space. There will also be an interactive performance a little later on the day of the workshop of about 20 minutes so that the participants in the workshop can bring what they collaborated on to the wider community of the book fair.

2-3:30pm

Pirate Radio & Resistance

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Illegalism & Post-Left Anarchist Organization

The goal of this workshop is to present relevant history associated with the Bonnot Gang, resurgent individualist anarchism, assassinations, bombings, and the actions of criminally inclined anarchists (Clement Duval and Marius Jacob) which occurred during the final decades of the XIXth and first decades of the XXth centuries in Western Europe. The workshop highlights linkages between this history, the development of elements of post-left anarchy and informs the perennial problem of anarchist organization. Of interest is the Bonnot Gang’s various criminal activities including two bank robberies, the invention by the group of the motorized getaway and carjacking, the types of organization that the illegalists utilized, and the blending of individualist anarchism with crime and utopia. The theoretical foundation for the intersection of individualist anarchism and crime as presented in the pages of l’anarchie will be discussed especially as regards the role of the anarchist in the dominant society and various types of violence, criminal and political. The discussion on post-left anarchy will include 1) how illegalist forms of organization produce a functional model that both safeguards the autonomy of the individual and the success of the group project, and 2) the conceptual tension between the utopian vision (including the illegalist variant) and the Left as exemplified by various revolutionary and historical events and organizations including the Paris Commune, the Industrial Workers of the World, the illegalists, the anarcho-syndicalists, and the Social Ecology/Post-Left Anarchy debates.

3:45-4:45pm

Seattle Grand Jury: One Year Later

It’s been a year since the FBI kicked down doors and raided houses in Portland and served grand jury subpoenas, alerting us to the existence of a grand jury investigating vandalism to a federal courthouse in Seattle on Mayday of 2012. All three of the non-cooperating grand jury subpoenants who were imprisoned have been released. Another May Day has come and gone, yet the grand jury investigation continues and resistance continues in exile and on the run. We’ll be talking about updates to the investigation and resistance, lessons learned in the past year, and continuing solidarity.

Anarchist Libraries & Infoshops

This workshop discussion is a place for anarchists to share experiences creating and maintaining libraries and infoshops dedicated to exploring and drawing inspiration from anarchist/anti-authoritarian histories and visions of freedom, to help promote discussion, writing, and other cultural expressions. We are interested in preserving and sharing both old and new anarchist/anti-authoritarian history, to help us and future comrades understand better where we come from and where we might go.

2013 August 25

11:30-1pm

How to Use Technology for Anarchist Projects

An educational presentation about how, when, and what complications there are to using current technics for anarchist projects.

Decolonization is Not a Political Tendency

This conversation will focus on de-colonialization and the recent movements/outstorical events with comrades from Egypt, Mexico, and the West Coast (Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle) with a report back on the summer Zapatista Escuelita. We will discuss why decolonization will never be a political tendency and how hetero-patriarchy, neo-settler colonialism, gentrification, and White Supremacy work within radical spaces and ways ourstorically black, brown, and native people (our ancestors) continue to struggle for liberation against genocide, slavery, settler colonialism and white supremacy.

1:15-2:15pm

A Drug Users Rebellion: How You Can Save Your Friends Life by Ending Stigma and Using Naloxone

We will be discussing the stigma of drug use within our community; how some drugs are accepted while other drugs are not. Where does our opinion toward drug use come from? Is it our friends, experience, or the US government war on drugs? We will also be training everyone on how to use Naloxone so you can save your friends life.

What to Do When the Lights Go Out

This class will be an overview of the disaster response plan that the city of Seattle has in place. It will also have an overview of the organizational structure that emergency responders will be using. After covering the mechanics of how emergency services will respond to a disaster, we will cover ways that individuals and houses can prepare themselves for a natural disaster. This will include food and water storage, water purification, first aid kits and more. Any remaining time will be spent in discussion covering anarchist interventions in other natural disasters.

2:30-4pm

Decolonizing Our Genders!

Queer People of Color Speak About Transphobia, Homophobia & Sexism as Repercussions We Face on a Daily Basis Due to the Colonization of Our Indigenous Ancestors, Worldwide.

Our individual struggles are personal. Yet, we believe that our journeys, thus far, have forced us to become political. We choose to exist among radical communities because we know there is a war against us, and literally has been for the past 521 years. Yet, we feel our experiences of Transphobia, Homophobia and Sexism in radical spaces are continually swept under the rug.

So, we invite you to come hear our personal stories & perceptions of these issues: how they relate to the colonization of our Indigenous Ancestors, and why they are relevant in creating radical social change.

This workshop is a panel, followed by a Q&A.

Anarchist Responses to Repression in Barcelona

Two comrades will talk about the recent history of general strikes, riots, eviction defense, neighborhood assemblies, and spreading social conflict in Barcelona (Catalunya). They will analyze the state strategy of counterinsurgency and assess how anarchists have been responding to support arrested comrades, prevent their own isolation, and continue the struggle.

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